ThinkAchieve: Connecting the Classroom and the Community
LINK 1 -- ThinkAchieve: Introduction
Incoming and transfer students should be introduced not only to the UTC campus, but also to its community. ThinkAchieve: Creating Connections wants that community to be centered on creative and critical thinking. To foster this attitude and habit from the very beginning, there will be orientation programming based on Wolcott's work with problem solving (Wolcott, 2006)
The orientation programming introduces students to the concepts of critical thinking and problem solving and uses small groups discussions to point out methods of critical thinking. It serves as an introduction to further university expectations across the curriculum.
LINK 2 -- ThinkAchieve: In the Classroom
The emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills will continue through UTC's general education program and the disciplinary courses. ThinkAchieve and critical thinking concepts will be integrated across the curriculum, so every student has the greatest possible chance to achieve this habit of mind.
Departments and faculty will define, focus, and assess critical thinking within the disciplines to help student improve their skills.
LINK 3 -- ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom
It has been shown that critical and creative thinking can be developed through active or experiential learning. AT UTC, there are many disciplines and departments that already shape opportunities beyond the classroom to allow students to apply curricular materials in a practical setting. Additionally, the Student Development Division offers a number of co-curricular activities and opportunities for student engagement. ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom recognizes the value of these opportunities and offers a means to unify these efforts and encourage, track, and reward participation in such activities.
Wolcott, S.K. (2006). Steps for better thinking: A developmental problem solving process. Retrieved from www.wolcottlynch.com.